Bruins, Leafs make several lineup changes for Game 2

While the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs handily in Game 1, both teams will look different in Game 2 on Saturday (which kicks off at 7 p.m. on CNBC).

To little surprise, the Leafs made the most changes. Ryan O’Byrne, Matt Frattin, Ryan Hamilton and Jake Gardiner have entered the lineup in exchange for Clarke MacArthur, John-Michael Liles, Frazer McLaren and Michael Kostka. (Seriously, that’s a dramatically different lineup.)

Meanwhile, the Bruins’ group is altered a bit. While Dougie Hamilton’s inclusion might have something to do with Andrew Ference’s suspension, Rich Peverley takes Kaspars Daugavins spot after the reverse happened in Game 1.

It should be interesting to see how much of an impact these tweaks make.

Bruins’ Hamilton likely to make playoff debut tonight

Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 5-4.
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The Boston Bruins decided to make 19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton a healthy scratch for Game 1 on Wednesday. Boston earned a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in that contest, but blueliner Andrew Ference earned a one-game suspension for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski.

That forced the Bruins to shake up their defensive pairings and it looks like Hamilton will probably make his postseason debut, according to the Boston Globe.

Hamilton had five goals and 16 points in 42 regular season games as a rookie. He was selected with one of the draft picks the Boston Bruins gained from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade.

The blueliner is projected to play on the third pairing with 35-year-old Wade Redden.

Rich Peverley might also be inserted into the lineup and play on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr.

Leafs ‘need to dictate’ against the Bruins

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So, the Maple Leafs’ first playoff game since the spring of 2004 didn’t go like folks in Toronto had hoped.

The Maple Leafs were soundly thumped by a final score of 4-1 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

The Leafs, who actually opened the scoring, were outshot 40-20 and couldn’t match the Bruins’ tenacity in all three zones of the rink.

“We were responding too much to what they were doing,” Leafs defenceman Mark Fraser told Sportsnet.ca on Thursday.

“We had a pretty good start but they weathered the storm nicely and then just kind of brought it right back against us. We really need to dictate.

“They had a great forecheck (Wednesday) night and just kind of kept us in our zone.”

Meanwhile, the Bruins, Stanley Cup champions from 2011, are expecting another nasty affair in Game 2.

On Thursday, the National Hockey League suspended Bruins’ defenseman Andrew Ference one game for his elbow to the head of Leafs’ forward Mikhail Grabovski.

That wasn’t the only incident of note.

Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand accused James van Riemsdyk of spearing him “in the privates.”

“He speared me in the privates, so I kinda reacted,” Marchand told CSNNE.com. “It’s pretty simple.

“It was the end of the game and we were up by a couple of goals, so it seemed like they were trying to send a message. But stuff happens in hockey. It’s a different game in the playoffs. It’s a completely different atmosphere where the game amps up a little bit, and it gets a lot more physical.”

Bruins’ Marchand accuses JVR of spearing him in ‘the privates’

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Sure, the Boston Bruins sapped a lot of the drama out of Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs by pummeling them 4-1, but that didn’t leach all of the sass from the contest. Not when Brad Marchand is involved.

When asked why he swung his stick “like a sword” at Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk on Wednesday, Marchand provided quite the accusation to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.

“He speared me in the privates,” Marchand said.

Apparently Marchand, 24, uses the same terms as elderly people. Don’t act like you’re not entertained.

Sportsnet.ca captures the moment in GIF glory:

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The claims of poor behavior didn’t stop there. Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle accused Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton of leaving the bench illegally when things got rough at the end of the game, according to Rogers Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston.

So, long story short, these two teams still really don’t like each other. Stay tuned, especially if this series becomes competitive as it already is combative.

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Video: Bruins’ Boychuk fights after leveling Leafs’ Grabovski

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Emotionally speaking, Wednesday was a really rough evening for plenty of Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-1 Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Mikhail Grabovski might feel the worst physically, however. He suffered from a questionable Andrew Ference elbow and also this big hit from Johnny Boychuk, who dropped the gloves soon afterward:

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Grabovski played through the pain, though.